Station Boston holds security zones in the Boston Harbor

Shipmate of the Week – LTJG Alicia Flanagan

On Monday, April 15, 2013, the City of Boston was viciously attacked when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. In response to this tragic event, Sector Boston surged Coast Guard resources to protect Boston Harbor from any additional attacks. Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston supported security efforts with vigor and resolve. Lt. j.g. Alicia Flanagan responded in the aftermath as MSST Boston’s deployable team leader.


Piano

Our fame, our glory too

It’s no secret the remote but vibrant Aleutian city of Unalaska is home to many treasures of Coast Guard lore, yet one of the most prominent would seem unlikely: A piano. This piano is so important the crew from Coast Guard Cutter Munro gathered in their service dress blues at the house of City Councilwomen Zoya Johnson just to see it. Johnson generously opened her home so guests could gather around the piano keys and give a showing of the Coast Guard’s hymn, “Semper Paratus.” The musical selection was not only fitting for the company; it was on Johnson’s piano, in the Summer of 1926, that “Semper Paratus” was first composed!


Nameboard

Heroic connections

As one of the service’s newest cutters, Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge has many striking features, but the one feature that stands out the most is the cutter’s nameboard. The polished longleaf heart pine bears the life story of the cutter’s namesake, donated from the structure of the Etheridge family homestead in Manteo, N.C. It also represents the collective efforts of the ship’s sponsor, an Etheridge family member, the cutter’s crew, the cutter project office and the shipyard. Together they fused the legacy of a Coast Guard cutter, a hero and his heritage.


Cutter Etheridge

In behalf of humanity

Another vessel has joined the ranks and earned the title “Coast Guard cutter.” However this isn’t just any cutter, it’s a fast response cutter. At 154-feet long, the ship has an impressive array of capabilities, including sustained speeds of more than 28 knots and an armament of a stabilized 25mm machine-gun mount and four, crew-served .50-caliber machine guns. But more impressive than its technology, more impressive than its features, is the cutter’s namesake – Richard Etheridge.


Ancient Keeper cover

Ancient history

Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens was honored today with the Joshua James Ancient Keeper Award as Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, the former Ancient Keeper, retired from the Coast Guard. The Ancient Keeper is a title presented to an active duty Coast Guard member in recognition of their longevity in command of a boat force unit and outstanding performance in boat operations.


History: General Order No. 1

Written by Scott Price, Coast Guard historian. For more than 220 years, the U.S. Coast Guard, and its legacy services, has been part of the fabric of our nation. The service has gone by many names before being called the […]


Haunted: Indian River Life-Saving Station

Last week Compass told the story of Point Lookout Lighthouse and the ghost stories surrounding the historic building. Today we bring you the story of the Indian River Life-Saving Station. Do you think it is haunted? Read on and decide […]


Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James

Last week, the Coast Guard announced that the fifth of eight planned national security cutters would be built and named in honor of service legend Joshua James – credited with saving more than 600 souls along the New England coastline […]


Surfman at Chatham

Coast Guard Heroes: Isaac Mayo

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, […]


Station St. Joseph

Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph Napier

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, […]


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